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Old 01-28-2015, 10:01 AM   #1
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I remember sitting on the floor with the rest of the class in front of the tv cart they had rolled into the class in first grade at Dutch Fork Elementery School watching it happen live.

hard to believe its been 29 years
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I was coming back from lunch at St. Andrews Middle School, and ran into a friend of mine running down the stairs yelling the space shuttle blew up. I then walked into my science class to watch the rest of the coverage. Needless to say, not much learning happened the rest of that day.
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I remember sitting on the floor with the rest of the class in front of the tv cart they had rolled into the class in first grade at Dutch Fork Elementery School watching it happen live.

hard to believe its been 29 years

Similar experience at my elementary school as well. TV that was strapped/buckled down to a cart was rolled in. When the explosion happened, no one was really sure what was happening. I remember our teacher being horrified. I was 6.
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Wow I feel old. I was a freshman at USC and it happened as soon as Calculus class started. After some persuading, the professor let us leave class to go watch the coverage. President Reagan's speech to the nation is worth watching if you haven't seen it.
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Wow I feel old. I was a freshman at USC and it happened as soon as Calculus class started. After some persuading, the professor let us leave class to go watch the coverage. President Reagan's speech to the nation is worth watching if you haven't seen it.
I was in middle school. I remember it
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I was 36. The memories are still poignant and haunting here on the Space Coast
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StoryCorps did a great little piece of Ron McNair who was from Lake City and died on the Challenger.
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Similar experience at my elementary school as well. TV that was strapped/buckled down to a cart was rolled in. When the explosion happened, no one was really sure what was happening. I remember our teacher being horrified. I was 6.
my exact memories. I was 6 in the first grade.
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Waiting in the barracks dayroom on Sheridan Kaserne, in Augsburg, waiting to catch the bus to the Field Station for a mid. Remember it too well...

This brought to mind that yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 1 fire, and that this Sunday will mark 12 years since Columbia broke up during re-entry.

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Wow I feel old. I was a freshman at USC and it happened as soon as Calculus class started. After some persuading, the professor let us leave class to go watch the coverage. President Reagan's speech to the nation is worth watching if you haven't seen it.

One of the greatest speeches of last century. Peggy Noonan crushed it.

The whole speech is a masterpiece but the ending is particualrly powerful...

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The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."
The final few words are from a poem - High Flight by American aviator John Gillespie Magee Jr.
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I remember a friend came into my dormroom at Newberry College and said the space shuttle "blew up."

I said he was crazy, then went to his room and saw that he wasn't. Very sobering...
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I remember the Apollo 1 fire. If you take the Then and Now tour at KSC, one of the stops is at Pad 34 where it happened. Being where this happened just a few hundred yards from the Atlantic makes it a lot more real than reading the names on the memorial.

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Remember watching on TV in science class, right before lunch. Spring Valley HS
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Remember watching on TV in science class, right before lunch. Spring Valley HS
Same here but chemistry 11th grade (Boiling Springs). My teacher left the room to collect himself right after it happened.
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Wow I feel old. I was a freshman at USC and it happened as soon as Calculus class started. After some persuading, the professor let us leave class to go watch the coverage. President Reagan's speech to the nation is worth watching if you haven't seen it.
I was working in a customers home in Abbeville sc when he summoned me to the tv in his living room. I still remember the empty feeling in the pit of my stomach. wow, 29 yrs ago and some of us still feel the sting
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I feel like I was out of school that day for snow day....still remember it like it was yesterday....I remember all the press surrounding the mission b/c the school teacher was on the shuttle
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One of the greatest speeches of last century. Peggy Noonan crushed it.

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The final few words are from a poem - High Flight by American aviator John Gillespie Magee Jr.
Some tv stations used to play that at night when they signed off followed by the National Anthem.
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remember being in 1st grade watching it on the tube tv wheeled in
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I remember a friend came into my dormroom at Newberry College and said the space shuttle "blew up."

I said he was crazy, then went to his room and saw that he wasn't. Very sobering...
Substitute Fairleigh Dickinson for Newberry College and that's exactly my story too
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I was 36. The memories are still poignant and haunting here on the Space Coast
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Was working at the Shipyard in Charleston...heard about it from someone....space shuttle blew up. Still sad....such good people.
There were something like 400 waivers and deviations approved as part of the launch, including the restrictions on the seals in freezing temps. NASA was never the same and rightfully so.
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